Packages
Packages 1.1.1
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Packages lets you create distribution and installation packages.

Who is it for?
Well, imagine you are a software developer who just completed a project and it's time to work on shipping it. Or you are an administrator and you need to deploy a plugin on the Mac computers of your network. Whenever you need to create an installation package or distribution for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Packages is the powerful and flexible solution you're looking for.

With Packages, you can define which applications, bundles, documents or folders should be part of the
What's New
Version 1.1.1:
  • New: packagesutil tool to change numerous project settings from shell scripts or command line.
  • New: Support of QuickLook Plugins by the Smart Location Detector.
  • New: SCM Exclusion Rule now supports Git (.git, .gitignore) (for new projects created with version 1.1.1).
  • New: A package item can be exported as a Raw Package project from a Distribution project.
  • New: Packages executables are codesigned.
  • New: Installation distribution is signed for Gatekeeper.
  • Upd: Updated graphic resources for Retina displays.
  • Upd: Updated OS requirements to take into account Mac OS X 10.7.4/5 and OS X 10.8.
  • Enh: Improved compatibility of the Project Assistant with Mac OS X Restoration mechanism.
  • Enh: Better Keychain lookup. But productsign is still to be used to sign a distribution/package for Gatekeeper.
  • Enh: Improved support of Internet Plugins by the Smart Location Detector.
  • Enh: Look for Project templates in ÷/Library/Application Support/Packages/ too.
  • Enh: An error should not be reported when only the reference type for a script has been defined.
  • Enh: Use the Menlo font in the JavaScript editor when available.
  • Enh: The format of package identifiers is now enforced more strictly.
  • Fix: The Embed checkbox of the Shell Script requirement was not behaving correctly in some cases.
  • Fix: Improved the positioning/display of the Presentation window resize indicator.
  • Fix: Downgradable status is now correctly based on the state of the checkbox instead of the existence of a key.
  • Fix: The Project Reference icon was displayed in the Add button.
  • Fix: Changing the reference type of the background picture was not taken into account as long as no path had been defined.
  • Fix: Modifications to a project Comments would not be saved in a case.
Version 1.1.1:
  • New: packagesutil tool to change numerous project settings from shell scripts or command line.
  • New: Support of QuickLook Plugins by the Smart Location Detector.
  • New: SCM Exclusion Rule now supports Git (.git, .gitignore) (for new projects created with version 1.1.1).
  • New: A package item can be exported as a Raw Package project from a Distribution project.
  • New: more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Packages User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Cerniuk reviewed on 27 Jun 2013
Seriously, how can such great software be free while a good amount of expensive commercial software is garbage?

Two package tools that are absolutely indispensable this one and Pacifist.

There needs to be a paypal link for donations for this bad-boy!
[Version 1.1.1]


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+162

Donmontalvo reviewed on 23 Jan 2013
Excellent application, I wish JAMF would buy this! :)

Don
[Version 1.1.1]


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+6

Philip-Petev reviewed on 31 Oct 2012
Can anyone tell me how to set up the dependencies between the packages inside the metapackage? I set one package to be selected if other is selected, but in the compiled package nothing is happening. Is this Dependencies Editor working at all?
[Version 1.1.1]


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Slimjids commented on 26 Apr 2012
I keep getting ''The operation couldn’t be completed. (com.apple.installer.pagecontroller error -1.)'' after i try to run packages that i've built.The Only way it seems to go away, is if i create a new project in a different directory and start fresh.This has happened twice so i'm back to iceberg.
[Version 1.1]

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Philip-Petev replied on 27 Oct 2012
Same here. This program is buggy.
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sjk commented on 24 Dec 2010
No WHAT'S NEW at MU (yet); release notes are here:

http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Packages/release_notes.html
[Version 1.0.3]

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Slimjids replied on 26 Apr 2012
Can anyone supply an earlier version like 1.0.9.I seem to be having some issue with this (1.1) version
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sjk replied on 27 Apr 2012
Ask the developer?
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Moocan commented on 15 Jul 2010
Packages is so easy to use and very useful.
Great tool. Thanks to dev for making this for free.

1 - just have a little trouble with adding reference to a standard folder as /System/Library/CoreServices (without all files in it) in the same way to the /System/Library/Extensions.

2- does not seems to save payload default destination. always reset to / when project is opened.

This is maybe due to a bad use by me !
[Version 1.0]

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Whitebox (developer) replied on 07 Aug 2010
1. Select the /System/Library folder in the Contents list and choose Hierarchy > New Folder. Be sure to check the permissions

2. Ouch. It is not fixed in 1.0.1 as I don't read comments on MacUpdate (or equivalent sites) as often as I read my mailbox. I will make sure it's addressed in 1.0.2.
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Cabbage commented on 15 Jul 2010
Does this mean Iceberg is dead?
[Version 1.0]

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Packagesdev replied on 15 Jul 2010
No, it just means that Iceberg will not support flat packages and distributions.
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Roro01 had trouble on 08 Aug 2010
The installer installs all the bits but the application itself. iMac Intel 10.6.4
[Version 1.0.1]

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Whitebox (developer) replied on 09 Aug 2010
Considering that:

- the application is in the payload of the Installer (that can be checked with Pacifist)
- it works fine on my Mac for a clean install or an update on Mac OS X 10.6.4.

I would suggest checking, with Spotlight for instance, that you did not have a previous version of the application that has been moved outside the /Applications folder. The installation "package" for Packages looks for previous versions of the application and update the first one it finds.
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Roro01 replied on 09 Aug 2010
Yes, the application is in the payload of the Installer. After installing I didn't find it in the application folder so I used Find Any File to search for it on Macintosh HD but to no avail. Finally I used unpkg to retrieve it from inside the installer. The installer definitely doesn't install the application and I don't know why.
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Whitebox (developer) replied on 09 Aug 2010
The Installer log files may provide an explanation.

+108

Vitu rated on 12 Jan 2012

[Version 1.1]



dbailey rated on 18 Aug 2011

[Version 1.0.9]



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Sagoisslu rated on 02 Aug 2011

[Version 1.0.7]


Downloads:11,943
Version Downloads:5,874
Type:Development : Editors
License:Free
Date:08 Aug 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Packages lets you create distribution and installation packages.

Who is it for?
Well, imagine you are a software developer who just completed a project and it's time to work on shipping it. Or you are an administrator and you need to deploy a plugin on the Mac computers of your network. Whenever you need to create an installation package or distribution for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Packages is the powerful and flexible solution you're looking for.

With Packages, you can define which applications, bundles, documents or folders should be part of the payload of your installation packages and where they should be installed. You can even set what the owner, group or permissions of the payload items should be upon installation. And if you need to also install an existing package, just import it so that it can be added to your distribution.

Presentation Editor
With its WYSIWYG editor, Packages lets you set and localize the customizable panes of your distributions. Checking how your distribution looks like in different languages has never been so easy. You can even add Installer plugins to your distribution.


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